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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Turkey: Proliferation of Koran Translations Pushing Turks to “Verge of Division” |

Very interesting article about the spread of new translations of the Qur'an in Turkey. Are we witnessing a Turkish Reformation?
Koranic scholar Ahmet Tekir estimates that there are now "almost a hundred" translations on the Turkish market. [...] "Nearly a million translations sell each year, costing anything up to $70 a copy: there is money in this for those immoral enough to look to make profit from the Koran."
But it isn't just personal gain that pushes people to offer up new translations, theologians complain. It is also the desire of various religious groups to carve out a niche for themselves in the market. "Each group has a different interpretation of Islam," says Ebubekir Sifil. "Each of them wants to legitimize their interpretation through the Koran. The best way to do that is to translate it." 

Police, Kurdish protestors clash in southeast Turkey (

Clashes between police and demonstrators in southeast Turkey, in conjunction with a trial in which 150 Kurds are being charged with links to Kurdish rebels. Article here: Police, Kurdish protestors clash in southeast Turkey (

Yemen and Turkey Deepen Ties With New Accords -

This just in from the New Your Times: Yemen and Turkey Deepen Ties With New Accords -

Video: Turkey Rising - Sinan Ülgen

A good interview with Sinan Ülgen, visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, about Turkish foreign policy. His basic argument is similar to what I have been advancing on this blog: that Turkey is not "turning East" but pursuing a broader foreign policy agenda in the face of EU's cold shoulders, and that it is primarily up to the EU to act so as to rejuvenate the accession negotiations.

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